Camping in New Jersey State Parks

 
A true adventure in New Jersey’s State Parks await for those who wish to take on nature with 18 parks open for camping reservations, many open for Memorial Day weekend. Options include the traditional tent sites to cabins with “luxuries” such as fireplaces, bathrooms and electricity.
 
 
Allaire State Park in Farmingdale has 45 tent and trailer sites or you can opt for one of four yurts (circular tents built on a wood frame with wood floors, a deck and Plexiglas skylight), six cabin-like shelters and group campsites. The park is bursting with more than 200 species of wildflowers, trees and plants, plus it is home to birds and other wildlife. It offers hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, plus a 19th century iron making town, Allaire Village, and antique steam trains on the Pine Creek Railroad. The Manasquan River winds through the park for canoeing and fishing. Camp here the last weekend of May and enjoy a Civil War Reenactment at Allaire Village.
 
It is all about the view from High Point Monument at High Point State Park in Sussex. At just over 1,800 feet, the Monument offers panoramic views of farmland, forest, hills and valleys in three states. There are over 50 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, plus swimming, fishing, boating and canoeing. Park naturalists lead nature hikes, stream walks and talks if you want to go with a guide. Campers can choose from 50 tent sites along Sawmill Lake, two cabins and group sites.
 
Good news for those who don’t want to leave Fido at home during the camping trip, a handful of New Jersey’s state parks have a certain number of pet-friendly sites including Bass River State Forest in Tuckerton. The main draw here is the 67-acre Lake Absegami, where you can go swimming, boating and canoeing. The eight walking trails in the forest are easy for those just looking to stroll through nature. Bass River has 176 tent and trailer sites, six group campsites, nine lean-tos with wood floors and wood-burning stoves, six lakeside shelters, and six lakefront cabins.
 
A pet-friendly park that also happens to be the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Park System is Wharton State Forest. Combine historical exploring at Batso Village, a former bog iron and glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867 that has 33 historic buildings and structures, with nature and wildlife discoveries while swimming, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking or horseback riding. Choices include 50 tent and trailer sites at Atsion campsites, 34 tent and trailer sites at Godfrey Bridge, nine furnished cabins, plus six primitive campsites.
 
You can visit New Jersey’s Parks & Forest website for individual park information and find out about spring interpretive programs to help plan your trip. Also download the app available at both the Google Play and App Store.

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